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dc.contributor.author Perstling, Martina en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-07T14:08:21Z
dc.date.available 2014-02-07T14:08:21Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/554
dc.description Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master in Clinical Psychology en_US
dc.description.abstract Abstract provided by author en_US
dc.description.abstract Social workers and other caregiver professions are at risk of becoming negatively affected by the nature of their work. However, many reports also indicate positive outcomes, such as personal growth and finding meaning through working with trauma victims. General mental well-being refers not only to a state of absence of pathology; it refers to optimal well-being in terms of self-perceived level of positive and negative affect, as well as satisfaction with life at a particular time in life (a dimension of emotional wellbeing); autonomy, environmental mastery, personal growth, positive relations with others, finding purpose in life and self-acceptance (dimensions of psychological well-being); and self-discovery, perceived development of one.s best potential, a sense of purpose and meaning in life, investment of significant effort in pursuit of excellence, intense involvement in activities and enjoyment of activities as personally expressive (dimensions of eudaimonic well-being). Namibia, also being a post-war country, has many social problems which indicate severe and trauma-related conditions among the social workers. clients. Hence social workers are at risk of being negatively affected by the trauma in a vicarious form; a condition closely related to the DSM-IV posttraumatic stress disorder, and termed secondary traumatic stress. The aim of this research was to investigate the relationships between emotional well-being, psychological well-being, eudaimonic well-being and secondary traumatic stress in social workers of Namibia. A cross-sectional survey design was used with a sample population of 116 social workers of Namibia. The measuring instruments used were the Satisfaction with Life Scale, which was used to measure emotional well-being; Psychological Well-being Scale; Questionnaire for Eudemonic Well-being; and the Secondary Traumatic Stress Scale; as well as a biographical questionnaire. Statistical analysis was conducted in terms of descriptive, factor, correlation, canonical, multiple regression and mediation analysis. It was confirmed that Namibian social workers experienced an average level of satisfaction with life, together with psychological well-being; both constructs measured higher than eudaimonic well-being and secondary traumatic stress en_US
dc.description.abstract The results showed that secondary traumatic stress was negatively related to the emotional, psychological and eudaimonic well-being of social workers. Psychological well-being, and particularly one dimension thereof, namely environmental mastery, mediated the relationship between secondary stress and satisfaction with life en_US
dc.format.extent xiii, 185 p en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.source.uri en_US
dc.source.uri en_US
dc.subject Social workers en_US
dc.title Well-being and secondary traumatic stress of social workers in Namibia en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.identifier.isis F004-199299999999999 en_US
dc.description.degree Windhoek en_US
dc.description.degree Namibia en_US
dc.description.degree University of Namibia en_US
dc.description.degree Master in Clinical Psychology en_US
dc.description.status en_US
dc.masterFileNumber 3831 en_US


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